A short course in disaster risk management launched in GhanaOct 27, 2016
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) has launched an innovative short course that aims at building the capacity of Government practitioners in disaster risk management and ensure its mainstreaming in development processes.
The course, which is expected to become part of the University’s academic programmes after the pilot phase ends on 18th November 2016, seeks to enhance the capacities of participants to be able to effectively identify and analyze disaster risks facing local communities and guide them to identify options for managing their risks in order to reduce their vulnerability.
The course content has been designed based on a core training agenda that was informed by an assessment of existing programmes and courses offered by training institutions in Ghana. In order to bridge the gap, the course is built on adult learning principles to afford participants the opportunity to share their rich experience and learn new skills that will make them more effective in preparing disaster management plans, as well as developing and implementing sound policy and effective corporate governance for disaster management, among others.
The pilot phase of the programme is being organized for 80 selected participants from various institutions including the Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, Ambulance Service, the Army, District/Municipal/Metropolitan Assemblies, Ghana Health Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Red Cross Society, Ghana Meteorological Agency, and the media. The training is hosted by the Geography and Regional Planning Department of the University of Cape Coast under the auspices of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC).
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Cape Coast on 17 October 2016, UNDP Deputy Country Director for Operations, Mulugeta Abebe, said UNDP found it most significant to implement the training programme in partnership with UCC, since the University has been noted for the training of highly qualified and skilled manpower in education and other industries. “UCC has the expertise, facilities and resources to continue to run this course and even elevate it to a higher academic status without losing the spirit and intent behind it.”
The Deputy Country Director entreated the participants to take the training seriously to enable the nation benefit from their learning. “You have been carefully selected because of your current or potential role in managing disaster risks at your respective levels, therefore let every minute of the time you spend here really count!”
In a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Sandy Amartey (Central Regional NADMO Coordinator), the National NADMO Coordinator, Brigadier General Francis Vib-Sanziri, said the training programme would help enhance the capacities of disaster managers for proactive and effective response. He indicated NADMO’s appreciation for the effort of UNDP and other stakeholders in helping to reduce disaster risks in the country.
The Director of the Directorate of Research, Innovation and Consultancy (DRIC) at UCC, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim reaffirmed the need for a collaboration between academic institutions and government agencies to help reduce disaster risk in the country. “All of us in academia and industry have a duty to be at the forefront to advocate for reduction in the incidence of disaster.” He was hopeful that the programme would contribute to increase knowledge for disaster risk reduction.